Parkade Drive-In Theatre
Photo from the Darren Snow collection
1405 Parkade Blvd|
|Record #11011 |
Demolished: Yes (date unknown)
Capacity: 400 cars|
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: |
Information for this tour was contributed by Darren Snow.
Construction began in October 1949 for the Parkade, which would be run by future mayoral candidate Herbert Jeans. A two-story projection / concession building included a second-floor apartment for Mr. and Mrs. Jeans and their two daughters. The couple had previously spent five years running a hardtop theatre in Warsaw, MO.
Fireworks and a clown accompanied the opening of the Parkade, which cost $85,000 and had space for 400 cars. Decorating was done by Mid-State Decorating Co. and Jack Palmer Painting & Decorating Co. The screen was 50' x 60'. Long-range plans included a playground and a 300-seat enclosed pavilion. (Page 9 of that day's Tribune featured a nice photo of the Parkade's sign, which was by Davis & Hourigan Signs.)
The Parkade was closed before the Sky-Hi opened; it was replaced by a shopping center that fared little better and has now been converted largely to office space.
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Last featured 7/3/2004. Last edited 3/14/2016.